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Old 02-09-2015, 08:30 PM   #1
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Spring Break-Vancouver, BC

We're planning to head up to Vancouver, BC for my Spring Break, the last week of March.

We're going budget again, of course, this time looking at parking a Uhaul van outside a friend's house in Vancouver. We'll have access to their house but feel like we have our own space and aren't imposing. We did this in Brooklyn last summer and it worked great, will be even better with more humane temperatures.

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Kim-Me. Into gardens, themed environments (duh), Oceana, history of domestic life, walking/hiking

Fred-DH Into nature, bird watching, life-hacking to save $, coffee

August-DS 6.5 Into lego, candy, Power Rangers

We'll be visiting some old performers from the European busking circuit who have moved to Canada. These folk are dear, crazy, fun friends. We don't keep in touch much, but we love each other tons.

That's about all I know at this time, but I'm off to do some research now.
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Looking forward to hearing about your activities - we're spending 6 days in Vancouver prior to our Alaskan cruise.
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Great start!

We had a day and a bit in Vancouver before our last Alaskan cruise and we'll be spending a few hours there in August before our next Alaskan cruise.
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Vancouver is a city I've always wanted to visit. I look forward to reading about your explorations!
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We went this past summer, it is an expensive city, especially if you go up to Jasper and do any of the gondola rides. We spent some time at Granville its a market with all sorts of artisan shops, really wished we had more time in this area, Stanley Park is very nice and the aquarium was interesting. You can go to Canada Place its where they had the Olympic Flame, its on the water and you can watch the cruise ships come in and small float planes take off.
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Here's 2 more things I'm interested in:

Marine Building - Vancouver - Reviews of Marine Building - TripAdvisor

Bloedel Floral Conservatory - Vancouver - Reviews of Bloedel Floral Conservatory - TripAdvisor

We are on a very tight budget, as we are saving for Disney in Dec and SE Asia possibly in Summer 2016, if we can save enough. So, the above will probably stretch us to the limit. We're planning on relying on our friends up there to tell us how the poor folks have fun.

Looking forward to having different money to contend with. It doesn't feel too exotic but at least it really is another country!
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Well our money is interesting, our $1 and $2 are coins called loonies and twonies, and the rest of our money is various colours, makes it easier to tell what it is.
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Great start! I can't wait to read all about this! I'd love to visit Vancouver!
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Sounds kind it will be an interesting trip.
If you ever make it to St Louis, you'll love all the free stuff we have to do.
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Did you get to Vancouver? How was the trip?
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Trip was good, thanks for asking!

Here's what was successful:

Hotel Chez Uhaul. We parked our Uhaul Cargo Van in a residential neighborhood, across the street from a construction site. Since it's Canada, they left the port-a-potty unlocked.


We ate a ton of really good Vietnamese and Chinese food. Affordable and delicious!

We had a nice visit to the VanDussen Botanical Garden.

We went with our local friends to a very nice community swimming pool and rec center.

For our last night, we had a big hurrah. This was just about a perfect day for me. First, we got a real hotel room. It was in North Vancouver, so pretty far from the action, but that's where things were cheap.

We then spent 3 hrs in here:




Which was great!!! I was able to live my dream, of having a hot drink inside a tropical greenhouse. So often, you can't take food or drink inside these, so I don't get to fully embody the fantasy of relaxing in paradise. This one not only allowed, but sold coffee and tea. I was abstaining from coffee, so I had a solid, tasty tea. This place isn't that big, but with DH fully engrossed in identifying the over 50 species of tropical birds that are kept in this greenhouse, it was easy to spend all that time here. DS found friends (who surprisingly stayed over an hour) and it was awesome!

After that, we went back to the hotel to drop off our car, because the next plan was to get our drink on at:



We were successful, and arrived at the above establishment at about 8pm. All the pics I have are from the web, I don't have my own copies loaded, but this place was pretty darn good.


Here's a link to my first and only tripadvisor review.

A corner of Paradise for Tiki Lovers - Review of Shameful Tiki Room, Vancouver, British Columbia - TripAdvisor

For our 2nd drink, we split the volcano bowl. Good choice!


We closed the place down! Not hard to do when last call is at 11:30. Our son had fallen asleep at about 9:30, he slept like a baby on the booth seat until it was time to wander out into the night.

The next day we headed home, satisfied that we had lived it up in Canada!
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Glad to hear you had a good trip. We'll be in Vancouver in about 46 days. The tiki bar looks cool! We are looking forward to visiting Chinatown.
Thanks for the update!
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